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Stay cozy the koselig way

In Norway, where winter days are short and cold, the "koselig" lifestyle embraces all things warm, cozy, and comforting. Here are a few ways to make your own life more koselig.
  • Get cozy

    When it comes to surviving and thriving during the long, harsh winter, we could all learn a thing or two from the Norwegians. They have a word, koselig, which is a feeling of comfort, warmth, friendliness, and contentment. Loosely translated, it means cozy, and it's similar to the Danish word and concept of hyggelig. Koselig (pronounced "kush-lee") is really a mindset, and, a way of life. Anything can be koselig: a home, a meal, a gathering, a person, even a coffee cup. While all things koselig can help to beat the winter blues, the whole idea behind this feeling is that there are no winter blues to be beaten. 

    Take a look at this little nook. The positive winter quote greets guests, and the storage bench topped with a faux-fur throw and flannel pillows is the perfect spot for them to sit down and take off their boots. When they walk in the door to this, they know they're in for a koselig experience.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Light a fire

    There's nothing more koselig than a fire in the fireplace. Throw in some s'mores and a few friends, and take that cozy feeling to a whole new level.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Soft, warm glow

    Lighting candles around your home creates an instant koselig feeling. Wrap those candles with felted sweater cuffs, and the koselig factor goes through the roof!

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Bundle up and get outside!

    The Scandinavians have a saying: "There is no bad weather, only bad clothes." So bundle up, head outside, and have some fun in the snow! Even if it's cold, the sunshine will feel great on your face, and your attitude will improve with a little fresh air.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Warm their little bellies

    Give your kids a koselig welcome when they get off the bus by having treats like this waiting for them! Mustachioed mugs of hot cocoa and fresh-baked snickerdoodle bars will hit the spot on a cold afternoon.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Warm hands and feet

    Keep a basket of warm mittens, gloves, and wool socks by the door, so anyone who comes in will have something dry and warm to put on their feet, and anyone who goes out will be able to keep their hands toasty outdoors.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Snuggle time

    Not all pets are koselig, but an adorable dog in a sweater cuddled up with a cute blanket? Most definitely koselig.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Koselig cooker

    Come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot, steamy cup of soup! Thanks to the slow cooker, your food can cook away while you enjoy the day, and it's hot and ready whenever you are. Here are soup recipes perfect for the slow cooker.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Good friends, good times

    Welcoming friends and family into your home is a very koselig thing to do. Whether you're gathered around the table for muffins and coffee, or sitting around the fireplace with a bottle of wine, all that matters is that you laugh together and make memories!

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Game time, not screen time

    Spending a snow day with your face buried in a phone or tablet screen is not koselig. Playing Scrabble with your dog while wearing fleece pajamas and a cozy bathrobe? Yes!

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Enjoy a good book

    Snuggling up with a good book is a very koselig way to spend part of a cold winter day. If you can find a spot near a window so the sunlight illuminates the pages, even better.

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Warm your hands by the fire

    Who says you have to put your fire pit to bed once winter arrives? Start a fire and you'll be able to warm up without having to go inside!

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016
  • Cabin Christmas

    Christmas is, by nature, koselig. It makes you feel peaceful and happy, and is full of heartwarming experiences. Each year, Lisa Prater's boys visit Santa in the restored settler's cabin in their hometown. There's always a roaring fire and fresh-baked cookies for the kids. 

    Date Published: November 19, 2015
    Date Updated: November 21, 2016

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